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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tawny Does Akron



(Is that the worst Photoshop job ever or what?! LOL)

Sidenote: The title of this post sounds like the title of a REALLY bad porn movie, doesn't it?


Anyway, I just know you all are anxious to hear how my trip to Ohio went this past weekend. I'll give you the (semi) short version.

Day #1
A one-hour delay, sitting on I-75 staring at the back of a rental RV...

Another hour delay staring at the back of a semi truck, waiting to get onto the Ohio Turnpike...

God, will I EVER get there????

Smooth sailing after that (thank God!), with the exception of the terrible nausea that hit me just as I got on the Turnpike. I was popping non-drowsy Dramamine while driving. (Did you know that stuff makes your mouth numb if you don't take it with adequate water? Also, they lie. It does too make you drowsy!)

Arrival at Raelene's house, where I trip over the steel support for the dog fencing and look like an ass (my glasses create a blind spot...honest! It wasn't the three tablets of Dramamine I downed while driving...no way. *g*)

Tried to eat (still feeling yucky from the drive), enjoyed Raelene's dogs, and finally met my editor, Sue Ellen.

Back to the hotel. Crashed by 10pm.

Day #2
We slept in until 9:30! I still felt like I could sleep at least another three hours. Dragged my tired butt out of bed, stumbled down to get my free breakfast before they closed it down. Ate and then got ready for book signing #1.

Drove to the signing and found it without a problem. (yay!) The signing itself went well. The store manager was sweet as could be and the employees were wonderful. Poor Jaid (as in Jaid Black, "The Queen of Steam") couldn't make it. She was sick. So I "stood in" for her. No one believed I was her. (pout)

(Tawny pretending to be Jaid--check out the window display!)

I passed out bookmarks, inviting people over to meet the "almost famous" person. That became the joke of the weekend, LOL. (Yes, Brenda, I'm going to get a t-shirt and wear it especially for you *g*)

Afterward, had a great time with fellow EC author Mandy Roth. I've forgiven her for directing me to the wrong freeway, LOL. Thanks to the detour, I took a nice tour of the western suburbs of Cleveland. Cleveland is BIG! And scary! Her hubby and I played out that movie, "Cellular". I kept begging him not to hang up, LOL.

Again, I crashed early, which ended up being a good thing because the hubby called me at 6:30 the next morning, giddy about the Free Press article...which leads to...

Day #3
I was woken at (almost) the crack of dawn by the sound of a digital rendition of Beethovan's Fifth Symphony. I haven't seen my hubby more excited about something in...forever! Not even the Tiger's last win got him going like that article did! It was cute :) After talking to an ecstatic man for a while, I dressed and headed to EC's new warehouse.

What a place! It's huge! Everyone has a nice office. And pets are allowed. Let's see...I saw a mouse, several varieties of fish (both real and virtual) and some cute little frogs. I didn't get to meet Manaconda, Patty Marks' snake. Maybe next time...maybe not.

After getting the official tour, Ann Jacobs and I busted up the editors' meeting to sign books. It was WONDERFUL meeting all the editors, especially Suz (my current editor) and Martha (my former editor). I gave Suz a kiss :)



The book signing was next.

The time went fast. And before I knew it, it was time to head back north.

Thus went the visit to my "home" state, the place of my birth, and a place that feels as much like home as Michigan. Looking forward to going back down sometime in the fall.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:24 AM |

2 Comments:

Commented by Blogger Jen:


Great Pics Tawny. Looks like you had a blast. So glad you got to hang with some editors.


12:33 PM 
Commented by Blogger Sally Painter:


Great blog entry, Tawny! Love the pic of Suz. I'd like to give her a big kiss too. Isn't she the best editor ever?

Congrats on the article, too! No wonder your husband was excited over it.

Sally:)
PS I thought you already were famous!


10:22 AM 

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